MANILA, Philippines – Coach Jojo Lastimosa gave JD Tungcab this opportunity, and he’s not going to let it pass him by. Against the visiting Chiba Jets at the Sta. Ana, TNT’s first home game in the EASL saw the sophomore wingman prove his worth by assisting import Quincy Miller in a 75 to 66 defeat. Laguna’s Rosa Sports Complex.
A combination of Miller scoring a team-high 22 points, Tungcab was the only local player that reached in triple-figures. The aforementioned former University of Manila the Philippines star finished with 10 points, two of which were three-pointers.
Without Tungcab’s clutch gift baskets in the subsequent quarter, the Winnipeg Winnipeg Jets might have easily pulled away from the 6-foot-4 former exclusive Gilas Pilipinas draftee.
Naturally, Lastimosa gave him some kind words in appreciation for his effort.
Sadly, the Tropang Giga’s defeat by the Jets was identical to their previous setback against the B, falling short 93 to 75. Three weeks ago, during their first meeting in Japan, the team that finished second in the league.
TNT, which has lost all four of its games since the EASL Champions actually Week in March, suffered its second take out in Group A. The network is still without a win this year.
The fact that Tungcab answered the telephone to represent Tropang Giga was one bright spot for TNT on a night given that its second import, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, wasn’t appropriate for up as well (due to gastroenteritis).
TNT uses a stand-in import as Hollis-Jefferson is doubtful for the opening game.
RHJ skips the rivalry match between TNT and an unconventional import will be wearing the team’s uniform in place of Hollis-Jefferson when the Tropang Giga takes on the Magnolia Hotshots in the sole establishing competition beginning at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Due to an outbreak of gastroenteritis, Hollis-Jefferson was unable to participate in Wednesday night’s EASL home final season loss to Chiba Jets, 75 to 66 on TNT.
Wearing a black hoodie, the 28-year-old import enthusiastically supported the Tropang Giga throughout the match.
But Lastimosa claimed that he was sick on the inside.
In fact, Hollis-Jefferson continued to attend TNT’s training camp in Laguna until a few days prior to the Jets game, when he suddenly became ill.
The TNT coach Indicated that the team does not believe that a temporary import is necessary because it would put Hollis-Jefferson’s health in danger. The TNT coach did not name the stand-in.